Free agent infielder, Lee Hak-ju, 26, will be playing his next season in Japan with the Shikoku Island league plus Tokushima Indigo Socks (an Independent league team) after he passed his tryout with the organization, according to the report that was announced just a couple of days ago, March 1st. He will also wear the uniform number 24 via the report.
The South Korean born Lee Hak-ju played for 8 seasons there at the minor league level in the United States (with the Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, and San Francisco Giants respectively). Lee currently owns a batting line of .269/.346/.363 with 23 homeruns and 209 RBIs in 678 games played, he finished his 2016 campaign with the San Francisco Giants minor league affiliate, Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, batting .265/.344/.377 with 3 homeruns and 12 RBIs in 47 games.
According to KBO league rules regarding about first professional contracts with a foreign club, Lee must wait at least 2 more years for him to be able to sign with a KBO league team due to him skipping the KBO league draft.